WCW 1996: Rebooking The New World Order

May 27, 1996: Scott Hall - last seen earlier the same month in WWF as Razor Ramon - shows up on Nitro and interrupts a match. He delievers his famous "You want a war?" speech and challenging the three best WCW wrestlers to a match. Two weeks later, Hall would be joined by Kevin Nash. The duo would be interviewed at Great American Bash in June by Eric Bischoff, to whom they denied WWF employment (for legal reasons) before powerbombed Bischoff through a stage. At Bash At The Beach in July, they faced Sting, Randy Savage, and Lex Luger with their third man as yet unrevealed. Late in the match, Hulk Hogan ran in to apparently help WCW only to legdrop Savage and reveal HE was the third man! Delivering another famous interview while being pelted with garbage, the New World Order was formed. Alledgely, Hogan as the third man wasn't set in stone till the PPV itself - Sting was seriously considered to be the defector.

More members joined, they fueded with the Horsemen and various other WCW wrestlers, and "bought" commercial space to show cut grainy, edgy promos. A fake Sting and War Games '96 lead to Sting's famous change in outfit and a year lurking in the rafters and pummelling people with baseball bats. The nWo got their own PPV (Souled Out in January 1997), won a team match at Uncensored '97 allowing them to challenge for any title at any time (a stipulation eventually forgotten), and ran roughshod over WCW with run-ins, group beatdowns, and spraypaintings of fallen wrestlers and the WCW Title (held by Hogan).

The peak of nWo angle should have been Starrcade '97: Sting at last faced Hogan. But things went awry with Nick Patrick botching a fast count and Bret Hart being involved. The nWo would split, fued, give us the infamous Fingerpoke Of Doom, reform, bloat in size, split again, reform again, and linger onward seemingly forever including a return in WWF due to Vince McMahon.

Somewhere the nWo angle - a great concept - went awry. Maybe it was the Fingerpoke, maybe it was Starrcade, maybe it was one member too many. Start from the beginning and do it your way. Hall and Nash must be the initial members of the group but everything else is up to you.

Shows: Monday Nitro (2 hours - live), WCW Saturday Night (2 hours - taped), monthly PPVs

Champions As Of May 27, 1996
WCW World Heavyweight Title The Giant
WCW World Tag Team Tiles Sting & Lex Luger
WCW United States Title Konnan
WCW TV Title Lex Luger
WCW Cruiserweight Title Dean Malenko

 

Roster As Of May 27, 1996

Alex Wright
Billy Kidman
Bobby Walker
Chip Minton
Chris Benoit (w/ Woman)
Chris Canyon
Cobra
Craig Pittman (w/ Teddy Long)
Dean Malenko
Diamond Dallas Page
Dick Slater
Disco Inferno
Eddie Guerrero
El Gato (Pat Tanaka under a mask)
Fit Finlay
Hulk Hogan
Jim Duggin
Jim Powers
Joe Gomez
Joey Maggs
John Tenta
Konnan
Kurosawa (Manabu Nakanishi)
Lex Luger
Mark Starr
Maxx Muscle
Mike Winner
Mr. JL (Jerry Lynn under a mask)
Prince Iaukea
Randy Savage
Rob Ruckus
Steve Doll
Sting
The Booty Man (w/ The Booty Babe)
The Gambler
The Mauler (Mike Enos)
The Renegade
V.K. Wallstreet

Fire & Ice (Scott Norton & Ice Train)
Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)
High Voltage (Kaos & Rage)
Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
The Amazing French Canadians (Jacques Rougeau & Pierre Ouellet)
The American Males (Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scott Riggs)
The Armstrong Brothers (Brad, Steve, & Scott Armstrong)
The Blue Bloods ("Lord" Steve Regal, "Earl" Bobby Eaton, & "Squire" David Taylor - w/ Jeeves)
The Dungeon Of Doom (Kevin Sullivan, The Giant, Meng, The Barbarian, Big Bubba Rogers, Konnan, & Hugh Morrus - w/ Jimmy Hart)
The Faces Of Fear (Barbarian & Meng)
The Horsemen (Ric Flair w/ Elizabeth, Chris Benoit w/ Woman, Arn Anderson)
The Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags & Brian Knobbs)
The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash)
The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock)
The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick)
The Stud Stable (Jacques Rougeau, Pierre Ouellet, Dick Slater, Bunkhouse Buck, The Mauler - w/ Col. Rob Parker)